Confessions, Hard Candy, and MDNA were all marketed by her label as being a “return to her dance roots”, which I always found funny, because how does that work? Dd. But, yeah, it was Hard Candy from its inception that was constructed as being a direct tribute to her debut era.
I still have nightmares from the Hard Candy art direction and the interview she did at Dylan's Candy Bar. That was truly corporate synergy from hell. Simultaneously promoting sugar and gyms? Only an ironic queen like Madonna! I think I'll always be a little sore about the Dazed shoot with the towel not being the album art.